Joined-up Government

Paperback | October 19, 2005

EditorVernon Bogdanor

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'Joined- up government' is a key theme of modern government. The Labour government, first elected in 1997, decided that intractable problems such as social exclusion, drug addiction and crime could not be resolved by any single department of government. Instead, such problems had to be madethe object of a concerted attack using all the arms of government - central and local government and public agencies, as well as the private and voluntary sectors. This book seeks to analyse 'joined-up government', to consider its history, and to evaluate its consequences for British institutions such as the Cabinet, the civil service and local authorities. Is joined-up government a new idea, or merely a new label for a very old idea? What lessons can belearnt from previous attempts at joined-up government? How does it affect our traditional constitutional conceptions relating to Cabinet government, a politically neutral and non-partisan civil service, and an independent system of local government? Will it lead to the concentration of power in 10Downing Street or is it compatible with a political system based on checks and balances?Drawing together papers given at a conference held at the British Academy, Joined-Up Government provides a broad overview of one of the most significant aspects in modern government. Its contributors include not only distinguished academics, but also those who have themselves been engaged aspractitioners in developing joined-up programmes. This book will be indispensable to all those who seek to understand how new developments in government are affecting our lives.

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'Joined- up government' is a key theme of modern government. The Labour government, first elected in 1997, decided that intractable problems such as social exclusion, drug addiction and crime could not be resolved by any single department of government. Instead, such problems had to be madethe object of a concerted attack using all the...

Vernon Bogdanor is at Professor of Government, University of Oxford; CBE and Fellow of the British Academy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:October 19, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019726333X

ISBN - 13:9780197263334

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Table of Contents

1. Vernon Bogdanor: Introduction2. Christopher Hood: The Idea of Joined-Up Government: A Historical Perspective3. Perri 6: Joined-Up Government in the West Beyond Britain: A Provisional Assessment4. Rudolf Klein and William Plowden: JASP Meets JUG: Lessons of the 1975 Joint Approach to Social Policy for Joined-Up Government5. Christopher Foster: Joined-Up Government and Cabinet Government6. Edward Page: Joined-Up Government and the Civil Service7. Gerry Stoker: Joined-Up Government and Local and Regional Institutions8. Geoff Mulgan: Joined-Up Government: Past, Present and Future

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`The British Academy deserves thanks for following up its original conference with this book, which one hopes will encourage research and reflection within government on these issues.'Sir David Ormand, THES